Neighbors say this was a respark of a fire from Saturday.
Mutual aid was provided from many departments including Luther, Agra, Fallis, Orlando, Carney, Langston along with the US Forestry service that brought heavy equipment to cut a fire break along the south edge of the fast moving fire.
Cedars, the fast-burning nemesis in rural areas helped fuel the fire.
There were some evacuations. Some neighbors still stayed and watched from porches and pickups while fire apparati raced up and down the dirt roads. Blackhawk helicopters sucked up water from farm ponds to douse structures and flames.
Low humidity, winds whipping at about 30 mph and drought conditions, as we know, are a wicked cocktail for these fires. And tomorrow, we have the same forecast.
By 6:15 pm, firefighters seemed to have a manageable handle on the fire. Still, it’s likely to be a long night for them and neighbors in the area, assessing damage and watching for hotspots.